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Interview with Ruth Calderon on the Talmud

There is an interview (Hebrew) on the website Kipa with MK Ruth Calderon. Here is one snippet.

…Talmud is a project unlike any other. It is a sort of frozen product that you reheat anew. It is the frozen food of intellectuals, of people who love wisdom more than the bottom line. Talmud is not practical like the Shulhan Arukh, rather, it discusses deep questions like for example what is money, what is charity. This is enticing. The sages of the Talmud and the Mishnah are incredible people with opinions that are unconventional, revolutionary, and sometimes radical. In the Talmud you enter into the dialogue of interesting people and you pay attention with pleasure. Beyond this, it is the Hebrew and the Aramaic, languages in whose depths we live. Every word fills your mouth with tastes. I am currently learning Tractate Bikkurim about the obligation to be seen [in Jerusalem]. Whoever loves culture is unable to withstand this. Another thing, the editing is incredible. This is not like a Western book, rather, it is like One Thousand and One Nights. It is possible to start on any page, this is appropriate for my [way of] thinking.

The interview has many more interesting things about Talmud study. Ḥag Sameaḥ.

2 Responses to “Interview with Ruth Calderon on the Talmud”

  1. 1

    If she wasn’t female, would you find any of this remotely interesting?

  2. 2
    Menachem Mendel:

    I don’t think that it has as much to with her being female than with her being a secular individual who wants more Israelis to study Talmud.




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